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  • DAY 60 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

    STE. GENEVIEVE LAYOVER We slept in. Today is the halfway point. We are 60 days into a 120 day pilgrimage. We are tired. Signs of exhaustion are becoming clear. Mornings are getting…

  • DAY 59 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

    PRAIRIE DU ROCHER TO STE. GENEVIEVE We’re running almost due east now, but we’ll turn south at Modoc to catch the ferry into Ste. Genevieve. There are tall rock outcroppings and steep…

  • DAY 55 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

    ST. CHARLES TO ST. LOUIS St. Charles, Missouri to St. Louis is 22 miles if you take the direct route. It’s 42 miles if you follow the river. We followed the river. Today we followed…

  • DAY 54 – SATURDAY AUGUST 31

    WINFIELD TO ST. CHARLES Roadkill frogs are more frequent now – step aside raccoons and possums. Rain overnight. The pavement was still wet and the skies were overcast as I ran south…

  • DAY 53 – FRIDAY AUGUST 30

    ELSBERRY TO WINFIELD Breakfast at Rachel’s Restaurant with Terrie, Sue, and Larry. This is the first time we’ve seen grits on the menu and had to order some. They were delicious as…

  • DAY 52 – THURSDAY AUGUST 29

    LOUISIANA TO ELSBERRY We had no idea what was in store for us as we set out from Louisiana, Missouri. I mean, I’d seen the itinerary, but only really glanced at it—it was…

  • DAY 51 – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28

    HANNIBAL TO LOUISIANA We ran out of Hannibal, Missouri on Main Street and up the bluff past Lover’s Leap – passing the Hannibal Cannibal 5K and 10K turn-around marks on the way. Rock outcroppings…

  • DAY 50 – TUESDAY AUGUST 27

    HANNIBAL LAYOVER Our morning started off right. Old dog, young dog, and “kitler” or Elsa (which is her proper name, although disputed in the Richards house)…. Tom and I are soaking up…

  • DAY 49 – MONDAY, AUGUST 26

    QUINCY TO HANNIBAL The road to Hannibal, Missouri wasn’t very friendly for running or biking. Narrow highway, big trucks, rough gravel road at times, and an interstate highway bridge to cross. Despite that, it…